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Woody Johnson to begin interviewing GM candidates Friday

Jets owner Woody Johnson watches practice during the

Jets owner Woody Johnson watches practice during the first day of minicamp in Florham Park, N.J. (June 14, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

The Jets will start conducting interviews Friday for their general manager vacancy, four days after owner Woody Johnson fired Mike Tannenbaum.

With the help of a high-priced headhunting agency, the Jets set their sights on several top-notch candidates. Unfortunately for Johnson, other teams also are targeting them. The Jets still are scheduled to interview former Browns GM Tom Heckert Saturday, according to But that could change if Heckert decides to join Andy Reid, who is expected to be named coach of the Chiefs.

According to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the Jets will meet this weekend with 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, who interviewed Tuesday with the Jaguars.

The Jets requested permission to interview Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell and Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross. Caldwell interviewed Monday with the Jaguars, according to Fox Sports, and received permission to meet with the Chargers about their GM vacancy. Ross will interview for GM openings with the Panthers, Jets, Chargers and Jaguars.

The Jets also will interview Packers executive John Dorsey this weekend, according to Jason La Canfora of


Media awaits Woody, Rex

A day after filing a complaint with the NFL about the Jets violating its media policy, The Professional Football Writers of America issued a statement saying it is "satisfied that the New York Jets are following the spirit of the rules in making their executives available Tuesday.

"There is good reason for the NFL's rule requiring teams to make a top executive available to communicate with the fans through the media within seven days after the end of the season. After discussing the circumstances with the Jets, we look forward to hearing from owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday."


Strength coach let go

The Jets fired strength and conditioning coach Bill Hughan. He spent two years with the team after he replaced Sal Alosi, who lost his job after tripping a Miami player running along the sideline in December 2010.

There has been no announcement on whether offensive coordinator Tony Sparano will be retained.


Snapper with a pedigree

The Jets signed long snapper Travis Tripucka, son of former NBA player and Knicks MSG analyst Kelly Tripucka, to a reserve/future contract. Kelly's father, Frank Tripucka, played quarterback for the Broncos from 1960-63.

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